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Impact Ventures, was founded in 2016 to address the lack of community, education resources, networks, and access to venture capital for underrepresented Women and Minorities building tech startup and high growth enterprises in North Texas.

Since our inception, we’ve hosted numerous panel discussion, networking events, tech focused workshops, and corporate hackathons impacting nearly 1000 individuals. Our main goal through these initiatives or pilots focused on proving our theory of change, stakeholder development, community building, and data collection.

With a strong foundation laid, we are uniquely positioned to create a framework for building inclusive tech ecosystem leveraging best practices from research and studies implemented by organizations like Village Capital in D.C., Kapor Center in Oakland, CA Black Tech Mecca, in Chicago, IL and Goodie Nation in Atlanta, GA. We believe Dallas-Ft Worth can be the next big tech hub for minorities professionals and entrepreneurs that create access to generational wealth, reduced poverty, and community vibrancy.

For more information about sponsorship, partnership, or other email us at info@impact-ventures.co

Theory of Change Research & Data

Our Mission: To close the income & wealth gap for underrepresented Women and People of Color through Tech Career Pathways, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, & Venture Capital.

Team

Benjamin J. Vann

Benjamin J. Vann

Founder & CEO
Adriana De Uriquri

Adriana De Uriquri

Strategic Partnerships Manager
Justin Nygren

Justin Nygren

Program Director
Andrea Bazemore

Andrea Bazemore

Program Manager
Stephone Coward

Stephone Coward

Operations Manager
Verenia Hatch

Verenia Hatch

Accounting Manager
Olivia Cantu

Olivia Cantu

Marketing & Events Coordinator
Daniel "DJ" Newman

Daniel "DJ" Newman

Design Lead

Board of Directors

Dean Jones

Suzanne Smith

Kevin Williams

Michelle Peace

James Tarpeh

Mackenzie Causey

Maggie On'gele

Ben Magill

Tia Bradley

Sheryle Gillihan

Courtney Pogue

Greer Christian

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